I am building up my Video set up for filming and wanted to build a quality cage unit to hold my accessories like an LED light, Monitor, and mic with a matte box. I came across a build by Jarrod at Just Basl Productions. Originally I found it at CheesyCam.
I liked the design, so I decided to set out to build my own. I decided to go with an all-aluminum rig. It's a beefy unit that is very stable. I have it set to hold all my accessories, and my 7D. The unit is just a 1/4 lb heavier than Jarrod's redesign to lighten from his original unit. So the weight is about 6lbs. I could have shed some weight in my design, but I like the really solid feel.
I can go from a top hand hold position, to a side grip, to clicking it onto a tripod with no effort. The rig allows me to do low shots and see what I am filming with the monitor, and I can easily get to the chest level shot. In many cases, I will just pop it onto a tripod and film from there, but it offers easy switches of mobility. The unit was just under $90 with a $45 monfrotto slide plate. Without the monfrotto slide, the rig was only a $45 build.
I also can slide my camera from this rig to my DIY Shoulder Rig by releasing my monfrotto slide and sliding onto the one on my shoulder rig.
|Monfrotto 357 slide release|
|Ebay Matte Box|
If anyone wants the parts list, drop me a comment on my blog, and I will post it here. The build is pretty much like Jarrod's with modified parts. So you can check out his video at Vimeo for the how to build it section. I want to give credit where it is due. Thanks Jarrod for the great ideas.
I did add mini rails to his design so I could slide on a matte box. I don't currently have a high end matte box, but this works to cut the glare when working in sunny conditions like we have in Arizona.
(1)Top Handle: 6.25"Long x 1" rnd tube
(4)crossbracing 10"Long x 1.25" x .75" Channel
(2)Inset Crosscracing: 10 Long x 1" square tube
(4)Handle posts: 8" high x 1"rnd Tube
(2)Risers for camera plate": 4.5" long x 1.25" x .75" Channel
(4)Feet: 2" long x 1" square
(1)Camera Plate: 3.5"x7" .25"thick
(2)Tubes for Matte box: 3.5"long x .5"round
(1) bottom plate for tripod plate 6.75" long x 1" x .25"thick
All of the above parts are Aluminum which can be found at a local metal supplier. Not available at home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes, but cheaper.
(2) 4.5"x.25" carriage bolts for Matte box tubes (2) .25" nuts
(4) 1.5"x.25" carriage bolts for camera plate (4) .25" nuts
(4) 3.5"x.375" carriage bolts for uprights
(4) 3.5"x.375" Standard bolts for uprights
(4) double ended threaded connectors .375" for uprights
(2) 1.25"x.25" bolts for bottom plate (2) .25" nuts